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ERIC Number: ED520546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-7522-2
Pre-Service Teacher Beliefs about Student Motivation
Bruening, Paige Shalter
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
Student motivation is an important topic in teacher education and educational psychology. Although there is considerable research on what influences student motivation there seems to be a disconnect between theory and practice. One potential reason for this disconnect may be due to underlying beliefs about motivation. This dissertation attempts to uncover what pre-service teachers believe about student motivation throughout a teacher education program using the newly designed Teacher Beliefs about Student Motivation survey. Both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted in order to create a reliable survey that was used to perform a two-factor multivariate analysis of a multivariate case. Time was used as the repeated factor and level of intended licensure was used as the non-repeated/grouping factor. Significant differences emerged as a result of level on the mastery sub-scale and as a result of time on the "how teachers motivate" and "individual characteristics" sub-scales. No significant differences emerged as a result of the interaction of time and level. These findings add to stage-environment fit theory research, suggesting that differences between elementary, middle, and high school teachers may exist at the pre-service level. This study also supports conceptual change literature and provides insights for teacher educators when presenting motivational research to pre-service teachers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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